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CCR Stuart Alden Stu Cook

CCR Stuart Alden Stu Cook

Woodstock alum
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
April 25–Happy birthday!
CCR Stuart Alden Stu Cook
Stu Cook at Woodstock
CCR Stuart Alden Stu Cook

Stuart’s Start

          Stuart Alden Cook was born on April 25, 1945. His first instrument was the trumpet, but when he, John Fogerty, and Doug Clifford formed the Blue Velvets in high school, Cook switched to rhythm guitar.

          At a point he bought a bass and decided that was the instrument for him. In a 2014 interview in Bassplayer, Cook said, “I liked bass—you played one note at a time, and you got paid as much as everybody else!”

CCR Stuart Alden Stu Cook

Creedence Clearwater Revival

          Creedence Clearwater Revival’s success was not an overnight one, but once it arrived the four members rode a tsunami of hits which included a performance at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.

          Internal personnel issues arose and Creedence broke up in 1972. Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, friends since high school, formed a production company. They also joined the Don Harrison Band, which released two albums (1976, The Don Harrison Band  and Red Hot in 1977).

          The performance of Creedence’s music had gone away. John Fogerty didn’t perform the music until the end of the 1980s and his estranged brother Tom died in 1990. 

          Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, but “leader” John Fogerty in an usual move did not invite Stu Cook or Cosmo Clifford to join him playing. John explained in a 2015 Rolling Stone article, “at the end, when everybody’s onstage, jamming, if we all happen to be onstage, that’s fine. I’m just not going to stand on a stage with those people, three in a row, play our songs, and be presented as a band — particularly because these guys just sold their rights in that band to my worst enemy. I also made it very clear that if I didn’t play at all, that was fine too.”

CCR Stuart Alden Stu Cook

CCR forms

          In 1995 Stu Cook and Doug Clifford formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited and after a court battle regarding the name continues as such today, a testament to the power and popularity of the music.

          From AllMusic: Suffice it to say that these guys are singularly unlikely to ever be a major creative force (or even part of one) in rock music the way they were…, and the chance of anything new or fresh issuing forth from them is practically nil. But that’s also true of Chuck Berry and a lot of other names bigger than Cook or Clifford, and CCRevisited does put on a good show, and crowds looking for good-time rock & roll music enjoy them, the same way that Rob Grill & the Grass Roots or whatever version of “Herman’s Hermits” Peter Noone is fronting can pull 15,000 to an outdoor venue on a decent summer night. At least CCRevisited doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is, even if they’re not too much more than a flesh-and-blood jukebox.” 

CCR Stuart Alden Stu Cook

Nowadays

From the CCR site, “About the current state of affairs Stu says, “There’s still some meat on the bone, baby.””

CCR Stuart Alden Stu Cook
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October 29 Music et al

October 29 Music et al

It’s another one of those days that bursts with music history of all types. Mostly happy.

“Jingle Bell Rock”

October 29, 1957: Bobby Helms recorded “Jingle Bell Rock” at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. How many times have you heard this one?

October 29 Music et al

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

October 29, 1958: The Platters released “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Greatest version ever?

October 29 Music et al

Bob Dylan

October 29, 1961: Bob Dylan performed on Folksong Festival radio show. Be careful. Many of his comments are simply being fun at the expense of host Oscar Brand.

October 29 Music et al

The Beatles

October 29, 1962: The Beatles performed “Love Me Do” and “A Taste Of Honey” for the television program People and Places on Grenada TV. Here’s a 46 second soundbite from the show:

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Beach Boys

October 29 Music

After the Beach Boys released their first single, Surfin’, on December 8, 1961, they released their first album, Surfin’ on October 29, 1962.

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The Hollies

October 29, 1963: The Hollies went into the recording studio for the first time to begin recording their debut album.

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The Rolling Stones

October 29, 1963: The Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard, and Bo Diddley were in concert with two shows at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.

October 29 Music et al

Reach Out I’ll Be There

October 29, 1966: The Four Tops had the top R&B song with “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”

October 29 Music et al

jk

October 29 – November 4, 1966: “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

October 29 Music et al

Allison Steele

October 29 Peace Love Activism

October 29, 1967: WNEW-FM DJ Allison Steele (a rare female DJ) announced that Rosko would be a WNEW-FM DJ. (Allison’s announcement) (see April 5, 1983)

October 29 Music et al

Duane Allman

October 29 Music

October 29, 1971: Duane Allman died. (NYT article)

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Mind Games

October 29 Music

October 29, 1973: UK release of John Lennon’s Mind Games album, his fourth. He recorded it  at Record Plant Studios, NYC in summer 1973. The album was Lennon’s first self-produced recording without help from Phil Spector. It reached number 13 in the UK and number 9 in the US, where it went gold. Many more than 96 tears came to my eyes while watching the video. You,too, may need a tissue.

October 29 Music et al

Joan Baez

October 29, 1975: Joan Baez became a member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue.

Pink Floyd

1983: Pink Floyd set a new rock era record as Dark Side of the Moon placed on the album chart for the 491st week.  That broke the mark set by Johnny Mathis for Johnny’s Greatest Hits.  The Floyd didn’t let up, however, until they got to 780 weeks.

Madonna

October 29, 1983: Madonna’s first single debuted on the chart–“Holiday”.

October 29 Music et al

Bryan Adams

October 29, 1984:  Bryan Adams released his landmark album Reckless.

Wells Kelly

October 29, 1984:  Wells Kelly, drummer for Orleans and Meat Loaf, died at the age of 45.

Ron Wood

October 29, 1987: Rolling Stone’s guitarist, Ron Wood, opened an art exhibition in London called Decades, which featured portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

October 29, 1990: The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

October 29 Music et al

 

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Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire

Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire

Who is this guy?

Early Bill

Bill Hanley was born in March 4, 1937.  Happy birthday, Bill!

He was born in Medford, MA when radio still ruled the airwaves. Like some other young people of his time, listening to the radio evolved into looking inside and discovering the world of electronics.

During the early 60s, a childhood friend of mine showed me how easily we could hook up an extra speaker or two to my simple record player to enhance the sound. Such “simple” reconstruction can lead to the love of sound.

Such was the case with Bill Hanley and his brother Terry.

Keep in mind that for most outdoor sound at this time, the phrase was PA, as in “public address.” That is, the group or individual that needed outdoor sound concentrated on sending the speaker’s voice out into the audience.

The Hanley brothers loved good sound and their love coincided with a time of increased outdoor music events and musicians needed more than simply sending the singer’s voice, musicians needed their instruments to be heard as well.

Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire

Hanley Sound

Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire

In 1957 Bill Hanley began a relationship with the Newport Jazz Festival and its organizer, George Wein.  Remembering that difference between what a PA can do versus what a good “sound system” can do, think about how important quality sound production would be to jazz musicians.

Shortly after that Bill and Terry Hanley began Hanley Sound Inc, at 430 Salem St. in Medford, MA.

Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire

Good timing

In 1964 Baby Boomers experienced Beatlemania and the British Invasion. Like all stories, being in the right place or knowing to be in the right place at the right time can make all the difference.

In 1966 Hanley Sound was working with the Boston band, The Remains (“the greatest band you never heard of”) and while the Remains were not a household name outside of Boston, they were good enough to land quite a gig: the 1966 Beatle tour.

Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire

Epstein meets Hanley 

On that tour Brian Epstein recognized the quality that Hanley Sound could produce and used them.  Next came the Beach Boys. And by the end of the 60s, Hanley sound was doing outdoor concert after outdoor concert.

The most famous one was the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire

Last Seat In the House

Bill Hanley continued his golden touch on sound. One person in particular who has tried to get the recognition for Bill Hanley that he so deserves is a John Kane.  John has been working on a film about Hanley called “Last Seat In the House.” 

The title reflects the goal that Hanley Sound always aimed at: that the people in the last row could hear the music as well as anyone seated anywhere else.

Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire
Here are some words from John Kane:

I am a post grad doctoral student and for the past three years I have been researching the life/career of pioneer sound engineer Bill Hanley. Since the beginning of this research, until now my discoveries have been overwhelming.

Collectively, sound reinforcement is an area of technology that is often overlooked. It is my hope that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acknowledges, considers, and/or inducts Bill Hanley and his pioneering sound company into their institution. If the RRHF leadership were to peel away the layers of popular music as we know it today, they would surely realize that the area of “sound” owes much to Hanley’s pioneering work. An acknowledgment like this would bring light and significance to an era innovation where quality sound in popular music mattered most…the 1960s and 1970s.

In my view (and others) Hanley was a primary force in bringing quality sound to the forefront of the evolving music and political arenas. When primitive public address technology was the “norm” for various events, the influence of Bill Hanley elevated the quality of sound via his innovative methods and application.

Lastly, if you choose to sign this petition would you kindly forward this email to your network of friends and colleagues? This will allow us to reach our rather ambitious goal.

Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire

So…

Help Induct Bill Hanley of Hanley Sound into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Click here and please sign petition

Bill Hanley Soundman Extraordinaire
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